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Nolte

does the points jersey need another revamp?

look at the ****load of points in the intermediate sprints and how they go

stage 1:
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 13
5 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 11
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 10
7 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 9 (cavendish rolled across the line though)
8 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 8
9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 7
10 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale 6
11 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 5
12 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale 4
13 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 3
14 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol 2
15 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol 1

stage 2:
8 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 8
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 7
10 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 6
11 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 5
12 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 4
13 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 3
14 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 2
15 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale 1

stage 3:
3 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 15
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 13
5 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 11
6 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr 10
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 9
8 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 8
9 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale 7
10 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 6
11 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale 5
12 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 4
13 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 3
14 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 2
15 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 1

stage 4:
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 15
4 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale 13
5 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 11
6 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol 10
7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 9
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 8
9 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 7
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 6
11 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 4
13 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 3
14 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 2
15 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1

So have the real sprinters given up and decided that they can't beat Sagan overall in it so why exert the energy to go for the sprints when the stage win is at the line apart from coquard, who isn't a big sprinter*

With the intermediate points and especially with mountainous stages, it makes it very difficult for someone to surpass sagan?

to be a big sprinter, he has to beat the big sprinters there. so far apart from 2 wins in etoile de besseges in february against bouhanni and degenkolb and a stage of tour de picardie last year against kittel, he doesn't have the palmares of beating the big sprinters)
Bartali

But isn't that the point?  Sagan isn't a big sprinter so will never win the stages that Kittel and Cavendish will win ... but he can fight for the points jersey?

I really don't like thinking about the points jersey as the sprinters jersey.  It should be scrapped for every km of the way tho sprints, breaks, intermediate spinets etc.  IMO it should be a real scrap ... not automatically to the best sprinter (who is rewarded with stage victories)
Boogerd_Fan

it is not impossible that Kittel will win all the flat stages.. what's that 8 or 9 of them?? Could be 350-400pts.

Sagan will still have to be on very good form fighting for every intermediate sprint to get such a total too.

If Kittel were smart he would be looking to get some intermediate points too. Looks like that he is not interested in the Green Jersey for some reason?

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